Futsal players in action in this file
photo taken in May 2010.
Picture: BT file
Forty teams are expected to compete at the October 1 Futsal Championship held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 67th birthday celebrations.
Back for the fifth time, the one-day competition will be contested at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex and the Multipurpose Hall of the National Sports Complex in Berakas.
"We are expecting 40 teams to participate in the tournament this year and the format of the tournament will depend on the number of teams participating," said Hj Mohd Noor Hj Hamid, a member of the tournament's organising committee, yesterday.
"Like in previous years, the teams will be divided into groups of five and the second stage of the tournament will be contested in a knock-out format.
"This tournament is open to all players and teams in the country, and national futsal players and futsal teams that are registered with NFABD (National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam) are also welcome to join," he added.
Held to encourage the celebration of His Majesty's birthday through sports, the competition also seeks to raise awareness of the importance of living a healthier lifestyle while also promoting sports among the population.
The tournament will also be used to scout players to represent the country in the future.
The tournament is organised by the Futsal Championship Committee of His Majesty's 67th birthday celebrations with cooperation from the Department of Youth and Sports under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and NFABD.
Interested parties can obtain registration forms from the Department of Youth and Sports' counter at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas during working hours.
They can also contact Hj Mohd Noor at 8633368.
Completed registration forms with $150 fees are to be submitted the Department of Youth and Sports' counter at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium before September 28.